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News Marlboro College Presents The Books in Concert, April 17

MARLBORO, VT -- (April 8, 2009) - Marlboro College will present a free, public concert by The Books in the Persons Auditorium on Friday, April 17. Doors open at 8:00 pm.

The North Adams-based duo of Nick Zammuto and Paul De Jong had been on hiatus to focus on family and other projects. However since re-convening in 2008, they have begun recording material for a new release, some of which they will be performing live the evening of the show.

With a cut-and-paste musical aesthetic, The Books didn't invent the audio collage, but they have perfected the idea of incorporating found sound into their music. Not interested in repeating snippets of sound or vocals as in hip hop, The Books use whole sections of speech, where natural pauses and repetitions create an atmosphere all their own.The result is kind of less-is-more future-folk, cliché-free and miraculously organic.

Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong met in 2000 through a friend when they were living in the same New York City apartment building. Coming from vastly different backgrounds, they soon learned they had a shared love of acoustic music and found sound. They experimented and plunked away until, with some urging by Tom Steinle of Tomlab Records, they recorded what would become their debut album, Thought for Food, in 2002. The Books recorded and released The Lemon of Pink in the fall of 2003 and a year later began recording in an old Victorian home in North Adams, Massachusetts. With the release of Lost and Safe in April 2005, The Books departed from the "folktronica" sound they pioneered in their first two efforts, incorporating a new set of instrumental sounds, including vintageclavinet, as well as homemade electro-acoustic sound sculptures made from filing cabinets.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

For more than 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College has also offered graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, since 1997.



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